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“I started this program because I wanted to give back and respond to

arts programs being cut in schools. When I was a kid, I never met 

anyone who did what I wanted to do. Bringing professional 

performers face to face with aspiring young artist always inspire 


– Paul Canaan

Jerry Mitchell 

Director: Pretty Woman, Kinky Boots, (Tony Award Best Musical, 

Best choreography), Legally Blonde, On Your Feet.  

Choreographer: "NBC Live: Hairspray," Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch 

Me If You Can, Hairspray, La Cage Aux Follies (Tony Award best 

choreography), Gypsy (2003), The Full Monty.

Diego Manriguez (School of Rock on Broadway)

“Take it From the Top was a turning point for (Diego). He quit baseball and focused on performing.

To be on Broadway was his true dream.

This was a wonderful experience in his life he will never forget.”

     - Coty Manriguez

“When I was 13, I had dreams of being a professional actor, and

Take it From the Top helped me make those dreams a reality. The 

memories, lessons and friends from TIFTT are ones that I will treasure 


     - Maddy Mathias ­ East Lansing MI

“I can’t tell you enough what an amazing

experience this was for (my son) Cam, the growth I saw in 1 week was  more growth than I have seen in a single year of any school year.”

Missey Trudell

TIFTT is my favorite part of summer. I've made so 

many friends who love the same things I do! 

     - Todd Tuchek East Lansing MI

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